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Geography Lesson - Poem by Brian Patten

Our teacher told us one day he would leave
And sail across a warm blue sea
To places he had only known from maps,
And all his life had longed to be.
The house he lived in was narrow and grey
But in his mind's eye he could see
Sweet-scented jasmine clinging to the walls,
And green leaves burning on an orange tree.
He spoke of the lands he longed to visit,
Where it was never drab or cold.
I couldn't understand why he never left,
And shook off the school's stranglehold.
Then halfway through his final term
He took ill and never returned,
And he never got to that place on the map
Where the green leaves of the orange trees burned.
The maps were redrawn on the classroom wall;
His name was forgotten, it faded away.
But a lesson he never knew he taught
Is with me to this day.
I travel to where the green leaves burn
To where the ocean's glass-clear and blue,
To all those places my teacher taught me to love
But which he never knew.
Brian Patten

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Cupid laid by his brand and fell asleep,
A maid of Dian's this advantage found,
And his love-kindl

Sangay mar–mar se tarasha hua ye shukh badan
Itna dil kash hai ke apnanay ko ji chahta hai
surkh

I will keep
Broken
Things:
The big clay
Pot
With raised
Iguanas
Chasing
Their
Tails;
Two

Kya? Phir EK Mitti K Mujsmay Say Umeed_e_Wafa,,,
Aay DIL Tujhay Such Main Izzat Raas Nahi....?

wo ishq jo hum se ruTh gaya ab us ka haal bataen kya
koi mehr nahin koi qahr nahin phir sachcha sh

I am poor and old and blind;
The sun burns me, and the wind
Blows through the city gate
And cover

From Brooklyn, over the Brooklyn Bridge, on this fine morning,
please come flying.
In a cloud

Apna Aanchal Mere Chehre Pe Bikhar Jaane Do
Me K Jaga Hon Bahut, Aaj To Mar Jaane Do

Aaj Sharm

Nought loves another as itself,
Nor venerates another so,
Nor is it possible to thought
A greater

He thought he saw an Elephant
That practised on a fife:
He looked again, and found it was
A lette

Get off your downy cots of ease,
There's work that must be done.
Great danger's riding on the seas

His posture
From so many years
Holding his robe with one hand
Is odd.

His gait
Also.

One's

Zakhm jhele daagh bhi khaaye bahut,
dil laga kar hum toh pachhtaaye bahut.

Jab na tab jagah se t

aaj dil khol ke roye hain to yuuN Khush hai 'Faraz'
chand lamhon kii ye raahat bhii barii ho jaise

hai shahr-e-ulfat mein qadghanon se ajib KHauf-o-hiras rahna
KHizan ke aane pe yas chhae bahaar ho

Chorus.—Lassie wi'the lint-white locks,
Bonie lassie, artless lassie,
Wilt thou wi' me tent the

Nay siry sy sajayn gy ye sher ye galyan
Jo ho chukka usy bhul jay nab ky baras

Dilon main phol u

Ajab se rang mein ye Eid manaen gay hum B.
Apne badan pe Wardi ko sajaen gay hum B.

Parh k Eid j

Aise Morh Par La K
Chhorh Dia Hai Us Ne,
Jahan Kisi Dosre Ki To Kiya Mujhe Apni Talab Bhi Nahi R

COME down, O maid, from yonder mountain height:
What pleasure lives in height (the shepherd sang),

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